Welcome BOS members and all interested in birding Western New York and Southeastern Ontario!

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Immature Little Blue Heron - photo by Alec Humann

Scoping August

Migration is in full swing this month. Juvenile shorebirds are arriving in the region and some of the better locations to look include Tifft Nature Preserve, Woodlawn Beach SP, Dunkirk Harbor, Tonawanda WMA and Modern Wetlands.

Neotropical Migrants are also moving in decent numbers - check Forest Lawn Cemetary, Tifft Nature Preserve and other migrant traps.

Purple Martins are amassing in the thousands off the north end of Buckhorn Island SP in their communal roost.

This is also the time of year for southern species to occasionally disperse north so keep an eye out for southern herons, egrets and ibis.

The Buffalo Ornithological Society (BOS) has something to offer to anyone passionate about birds: from the backyard feeder- watcher, the avid lister or the environmental activist, to the dedicated citizen scientist or the professional ornithologist. Society activities include regular programs, field trips, intensive long-term bird counts, checklist and date guide development, varied research activities, and involvement in local conservation efforts. We invite you to join in the activities of the society!

 BOS Membership  

The Buffalo Ornithological Society, Inc. was established in 1929 to promote the study of the birds of the Niagara Frontier Region. Annual grants are awarded by the BOS to fund member-sponsored avian research projects. We are proud of our extensive scientific research databases, our continuing involvement in environmental and conservation activities that impact birds, and our promotion of the enjoyment of ornithology.

The BOS coverage area includes Western New York and parts of nearby Ontario, Canada. This region is rich in bird life with over 380 species and 25 recognizable subspecies of birds recorded. Explore our site to learn more about where to report and find birds, both regional specialties and rare visitors.

  Our New Website

Our BOS website has just been redesigned and we hope you like it! If you are a BOS member, go to our Registration page to create your web account, giving you access to the member-only portion of the website. If you aren't already a BOS member, please consider joining!

  Upcoming Field Trips and Events

Several field trips, meetings, and events have recently been added to our calendar. Take a look and be sure to join us at a meeting or on one of our field trips!

Aug 28, 2016

Field Trip - Shorebirds

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Meet at 7am at the corner of Vermont St and Busti in Buffalo.

***Proper identification required to cross the border into Canada! There is an entrance fee for this park.

Join Doug Happ along the NE shore of Lake Erie to seek out migrant shorebirds. Rock Point has treated viewers to regionally rare species like Red Knot, Western Sandpiper and Willet in years past. Orchard Orioles have bred in this park and may still be present during the August trip. We will hopefully cross paths with migrant warblers as well! After Rock Point, we will continue on to the nearby sod farms to search for 'grasspipers' that prefer this different habitat. Last year, a Piping Plover graced this sod farm. Be prepared to walk over rocky, exposed lake bed when at Rock Point as well as a staircase down to the shore. Bring drinks and a lunch as there aren't amenities other than bathrooms within the park.

Leader: Doug Happ (dhapp@msn.com)

Sep 06, 2016

Purple Martin Fall Roost Site Field Trip

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At 6:45 PM, the BOS and the NYS Purple Martin Project are leading a Purple Martin Fall Roost Site Field Trip. The event is at Buckhorn Island State Park on Grand Island, NY (map link below).

Meet at the large parking lot on East-West Park Rd. Thousands of martins typically congregate before going to roost in the reed bed in the Niagara River. Join us and see this exciting event!

Directions: For people coming from points south: take the Long Road exit on the northbound 190. This exit will take you to Grand Island Blvd. Turn left and drive 100 feet or so to the 4-way stop. This is the intersection of Long Rd and Grand Island Blvd. At this 4-way stop, turn right onto Long Rd. Take Long Rd all the way to Baseline and turn left onto Baseline. Take Baseline to East River Rd and turn left. Find the large parking lot on the north side of East River Rd.

A non-strenuous, short walk is required. NOTE: There are no restroom facilities available at Buckhorn Island State Park.

This link provides a map of the park showing the reed bed we will be viewing in the Niagara River: http://nysparks.com/parks/attachments/BuckhornIslandBuckhornIslandBCAMap.pdf

Sep 14, 2016


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September 14: Wed. BOS Meeting in the Cummings Room of the Buffalo Museum of Science at 7:00 PM. NOTE the room change!

Topics of discussion will include voting on and planning for our hosting the 2017 Annual NYSOA meeting.

A short presentation from Gerry Rising, Chris Hollister, Scott Meier, and Sue Barth regarding their nature book project, Ten by Ten, is also on the agenda. The Ten by Ten team received a BOS grant earlier this year and the team will discuss their progress to-date.

Also, bring along your favorite summer stories and photos to share with other members!

Sep 25, 2016

Woodlawn Beach Fall Field Trip

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Sunday, September 25th - 8AM

Woodlawn Beach SP, Blasdell NY; meet at 8AM in the main parking lot and join us for a half-day field trip to one of WNY's premier rarity magnets.

Woodlawn Beach is a gem of mixed riparian second growth guarded behind sand dunes from Lake Erie and lies in the shadow of the old Bethlehem Steel Site. The list of rarities is extensive and includes Least Tern, Piping Plover, American Avocet, Blue Grosbeak, White-eyed Vireo, Black Vulture, and Cave Swallow. We will walk out to the beach first to check for shorebirds and terns and then walk the trails through the woods and dunes.

Leader: Jajean Rose-Burney (jajean.rose@gmail.com)

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